Hyundai’s philosophy of providing quality and style in their hatchback offerings took a bold new step with the launch of the i20. Initially criticized for its high sticker price, Indians soon realized the overall package that this car offers. Its styling is modern, very European and certainly makes the car look classier than its rivals. Dimension wise too, the i20 is pretty big and commands road presence. Size does matter and on the inside, the i20 really excels. It is more spacious than some of the similar priced sedans and this surely is a selling point for the car. Even with tall adults up front, there is enough space for three at the back. Next, the quality of plastics used is terrific and the i20 certainly feels like a more expensive vehicle.
Ride quality is great and the light steering along with the smooth gearbox makes life easy in congested city traffic.
Hyundai currently offers the i20 in two engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is same one that powers the i10 and is known for its smooth operation and good performance at low engine speeds. There is also a 1.4-litre petrol engine that comes only with an automatic transmission. The third engine option is the 1.4-litre diesel motor that is in a world of its own! It loves being revved and can be a hoot to push hard when required and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Hyundai i20 diesel has the best performance among all the diesel hatchbacks on sale in India. It is supremely fuel efficient as well. The only flaw with the diesel version is its high sticker price. The i20 is sold in fourteen different versions including two with automatic transmission system.
Launched in the Indian market in the last week of 2008, the Hyundai i20 took some time, but eventually went on to being India’s bestselling premium hatchback by a huge margin. A few variants were added to increase its appeal among different sections of people and a tweak here and there in its mid-life further made the i20 a brilliant buy in its category. Available in three engines options, two petrol and one diesel, with both automatic and manual transmission option on avail, the i20 offers you a classy and high end experience. It is sold in a total of thirteen different trim levels and has features unique enough to shame more expensive sedans out there in the market. But in the wake of new rivals, is the i20 still the best option in the Rs 5 to Rs 8 lakh category?
The i20 has the longest wheelbase in its class and is also the widest. This surely means that space on the inside is easily up there with the best, ie, the Honda Jazz. Step inside and you are greeted with top quality plastics. The overall feel of the cabin is of the highest order and cars like the i20 really do create a benchmark in the segment. Even though the car is now three years old, the design of the fascia doesn’t disappoint you at all. There is ample space for five well-built adults with good head, knee and shoulder room. Up front, the meaty steering wheel with controls (for Sportz and Asta versions) looks nice and so does the blue backlit speedometer console at night. The central console is finished in silver and houses soft touch buttons for the fantastic audio system (with four speakers and two tweeters, USB compatible) while the air-con sits below it. Only the base Era model gets manual controls for the air-con while all the other variants get a cool fully automatic climate control system. Above the central console is the small display which shows the current audio track, outside temperature, date, time, two trip meters and a trip time.
The i20 also scores very high as far as practicality goes. There are half a dozen odd places to keep your knick knacks and you also get a chilled glove box! The boot space is again something that most rivals can’t match upto at all.
The top end model also comes with an industry first in-built navigational system. A sun-roof is also available as an option. To summarize, the i20’s interiors probably the best in the segment when it comes to the best combination of design, quality and space.
The i20 is a very big car for its segment. Infact, at 3940mm in length, it is longer than rivals like the Honda Jazz, Tata Indica Vista and Maruti Swift. It also is the widest of the lot with the longest wheelbase too. The i20 was designed at Hyundai\\\'s European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany and followed in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models at that time. Even today, with hardly any makeover, the car still looks fresh, modern and appealing. The front end for example is typical European with huge headlamps extending backwards and multiple design lines on the bonnet. The two part grille is beautifully designed with the upper housing a horizontally running chrome plate with the Hyundai logo. On either sides of the lower grille are the beautiful recesses around which the round fog lamps sit. Infact, the i20 seems to have been designed carefully, keeping in mind that the car will sold various world market, in competition with some of the best brands in the business and hence the beautiful, sporty and sculpted exterior design.
The side profile is sporty with a crisp shoulder line that runs all the way back, to the top of the rear muscular wheel arch. The i20 has flared arches that further add to the sportiness of the car. At the back, the i20 gets chic tail lamps which blend into the shoulder line pretty well, and you also notice the single huge rear bumper. The Hyundai logo sits cleverly over the rear boot opening handle. Another noteworthy aspect is the positioning of the roof mounted antenna – at the rear of the car with an angle.
All the versions come with either 14-inch steel rims or 14-inch alloy wheels and the i20 is sold in seven color options.
The Hyundai i20 comes with a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The petrol range includes the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre units. The latter is available only with the automatic transmission and offers decent power (100PS) and torque output. However, it does suffer from fuel economy (ARAI certified 15.04kmpl) and given the fact that it is an automatic transmission, expect no more than 10-11kmpl in city conditions. The 1.2-litre petrol engine though is in a league of its own. Not only is this one of the smoothest engines in its category, it is also very peppy and responds to driver’s inputs pretty well – this is also due to shorter gearing. Even given the stick, this 80PS engine performs very well and can propel the i20 to higher speeds easily. It is quite efficient with an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.15kmpl, translating into 13-14kmpl in city conditions.
The diesel unit offered on the i20 is simply put, way ahead of the competition. This 1.4-litre engine develops 90PS of power, is refined, very punchy and offers excellent fuel economy as well. Earlier mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the diesel i20 now comes with a 5-speed manual ‘box which is slick to use. The engine does have a slight turbo lag but once above 2000rpm, the diesel i20 is hard to catch. It likes cruising on the highways and can easily hold 120-130km/h all day long without a sweat!
Like most Hyundai offerings, the i20 too offers good comfort. The MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear axle is, without a surprise, tuned more for comfort. In day to day driving, you won’t have a reason to complain at all. Infact, the light steering, light clutch and slick gearbox, all go a long way in making your daily commutes hassle free. The trouble starts when you hit sharp undulations like broken roads or small and sharp angled speed-breakers. This is where the i20 shows its weakness – these undulations are easily transmitted onto the passengers and you get the feeling that the suspension is unable to compress and release in quick successions.
The diesel version has more weight on the front tyres and driving this car on hilly roads at high speeds isn’t really very encouraging. We do know that the i20 is a family car and will seldom be driven rashly or in a spirited manner but done so, the car doesn’t really feel very eager.
High speed stability at highway speeds is of a high order and the i20 feels very planted. This is due to a wide track and best in class wheelbase. The higher versions of the i20 come with standard ABS and this combined with excellent brakes adds to the overall confidence.
Pros space, features
Cons less powerful engine, big dash board, Price
Guys about the i20 the base varient Magna is pure value for money. 4.79lacs exshowroom price with music system, adjustable seat n steering, electronically controlled rear view mirror and much space in the dash borad, power windows. Where do u get all these stuff in other cars. Its a bit more priced than Swift VXI. But only point I doubt is i20 is 70 kilos heavier than swift and with 1.2 litre which is used in i10 too. So finally its lot more heavier than i10 and the engine is the same. So what happens to the mileage and pickup of i20. I really doubt the mileage will be a drawback in i20. Rest all is good. Magna is priced very attractively. And resale of hyundai is always less than marutis. This is also to be considered.
45 of 58 users found this review helpful.
Pros 8 kms per Liter
Hundai i20 is not a economical car if some one is looking at. My i20 gives only 7.5 kms per liter petrol in bangalore.
35 of 42 users found this review helpful.
Pros Gr8 Styling, Comfort, Features of Segment B Cars not to miss awesome interiors
Cons Cut on the Back seat, Asta n Higher versions not value for money at all
Guys, Have been researching for about a month now on various hatchbacks..i pen down on Two 1) I 20 2) Ritz well if u want a value for money car, go for RITZ but if u dnt wanna compromise on style..class..with beige n brown classy interiors..go in fr i20...she be a babe..i decided on RITZ first..but after i sat in this hatchback couldnt get my eyes of her. Although u campromise on power(for milage,in Magna)but its might be worth for its class n Panache. Not to mention its one of the safest car in this category. the car competes with Jazz n Fabia in interiors. Jazz definately better in terms of styling performance n class, only if u ready to burn a big hole in your pocket. Fabia however comes with better quality of plastics n interiors..but the basic version doesnt even have power windows( major set back). i was quiet surprised tht its not at all close to value for money as skoda begs for maintainence even after spending so much. another setback for i20 would be the delivery time. as it takes about a month to deliver the baby. More time of a month and a half in colors other than white and silver. but dude, if u buying a car for the next 5 years, its worth the wait...so faar so good...lets c how this babe performs on the road..as its been only 6 months on road..shall keep u posted on any new updates on this babe as n when i play with it.. Keep Burning the roads, till then. Nikhil Wadhwa
5 of 10 users found this review helpful.
Pros superp looks, outstanding interiors, best car in 10 lakh budgt i must say
Cons rear seat space
ohh man!!! i'v hyundai i20 sportz crdi nd belive me guys its a superp car no car in this segment can beat this car. it has so amazing inters my car is giving a veryy nice mileage nd i20 is fullyy loaded car it has all the feature in it for entertainmnt like ipod aux, usb, mp3, nd has 6 speakers, looks very nice when u turn on the lights nd the blue illumination blings ur eyes. On drive its pik up is veryyyyy responsive aftr 1500 or 2000 rpm u get a boost in d car d engine is veryy quite if d car only lacks in sumthng is dat d leg space in rear seats but even it is not that dat compared to oder hatches it has a turn indictr in its side view mirrors which gives u a very good feelng i can write alott abt that car but i guess dis much will be enough
21 of 23 users found this review helpful.
Pros Comfortable n lukz
Cons horrible mileage, suckie interiors ,weak a/c
Its no joke the car is just two months old and is giving an average of 10.0 if a brand new car after frst service.. having done only 1000kms.. is giving 10 wid a/c 6 mnths later it wud give me 8.. Hyundai really sux.. i like th comfort no doubt bt i was promised an avg. no less than 15 ... its a fkin joke ..6lacs dwn th drain..thinkin f selling already N th interiors fail to impress and though th drive is pretty smooth.. n th chiller is no gud... i also have 1 year old swift dzire..diesel zsi...wich beats i20 sportz petrol ne day.. I suggest talkin 2 an owner before buyin ne petrol i20.. n yea th a/c is just average...
10 of 21 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,
8 of 14 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great looks, very smooth and silent, comfort, spacious.........
Cons Dont like to get out of the car
Me and my wife were zeroing on models and we were surprized by i20 with its features. We got a great deal. It has all the confort features of a luxury sedan at a price of hatch back. Whats more in the box... comfort, spacious, looks, grt mileage for the car segment. My friends are surprized with the smooth glide the car moves. Now my car has some fan followers. We have been on long trips, its amazing to drive i20. Its now 7600 kms in 5 months. I m loving it. I dont think theres a car in India that could compete i20. Forget jazz...no looks, no extra features and man too pricey. Swift, Ritz, others.....no where close to i20.
22 of 23 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
This car is super awesome in looks........ Its like i cannot drive any other car now, because no other car of this range is as stunning and smooth functioning like this car. Fuel efficiency is a slight problem though. I simply love this car.........!
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good Performance,Comfort,spacious
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
The car is great Value for money.it has decent interiors with enough space to comfortably accommodate six people inclusive of the driver. The mileage i am getting is at 16 kpl in the city but I did expect it to be around 18.I guess the mileague that manufacturers claim under ideal driving conditions is out of the question on Indian roads where the conditions are far from ideal. This diesel car does lack power which is quite noticeable while driving on hilly terrain. I wish the car had more power and was heavier as well. Plenty of trunk space available for luggage.this diesel engine does not roar and in fact is actually quite smooth.Overall I am happy with this premium hatch back being my first car.
0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
Pros Stunner to look,solid build,safety,interiors.
Cons Overtaking ability,flat out acceleration
i own an I20.believe me,its a gr8 buy.excellent to look,its a genuine stunner in the looks department with neat lines and cute proportions.it doesnt hav oddball looks of a ritz or the grumpy looks of the swift.it feels that u are seated in a higher specced car that it actually is.......go for it if u are one to look for classy styling and gr8 VFM features....i was abt to buy the jazz but i think i made the right decision by buying the I20 coz it saved a good amt of money and i can plan for the Cruze with that amt of money in the near future.......i wish the I20 was torquier coz then it would be a deadly combination as the 90 Hp model is way too expensive for the sticker price...........
22 of 25 users found this review helpful.